Gay Men's Chorus of Washington Perform Red & Green Musical Photo by Ward Morrison
Wednesday, December 07 2011 19:44

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington Perform Red & Green Musical

By  Frankie Kaye

'Tis the season to be fabulously festive this winter as we join The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington for their upcoming holiday performance titled Red & Greene. The show, which features Broadway's original Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors, Ellen Greene, will dazzle and delight audiences with spirited production numbers and illuminous holiday songs. Greene, also known for her role as Vivian from the ABC television series Pushing Daisies, will be joining the stage as a special guest alongside the Chorus of more than 250 members.

Kicking off their 31st season with the production of Red & Greene, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington continues its proud tradition of advocating gay equality and rights while entertaining audiences with stunning vocals and artistry. Over the course of the last two seasons, the Chorus has more than tripled their number of subscribers, which has allowed for some of the highest quality productions the group has ever been able to achieve on stage. Red & Greene opens with a large production number in style of the musical A Chorus Line. However, that's where the traditional numbers end and the contemporary ones begin.

"The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington is not a 'stand and sing' Chorus," explained Taunee Grant, director of marketing and communications for the GMCW. "Red & Greene packs the vocal punch of one of Broadway's biggest voices with a mix of glittering production numbers, lush choral arrangements, and wonderful winter songs."

The production continues with highlights such as an ensemble of singing and dancing nuns, a swing dancing take on "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and a wildly staged version of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way."

Musical theater legend Ellen Greene, along with her musical director and accompanist Christian Klikovits, and Grammy Award-winning cellist Steve Erdody, will perform a beautiful lullaby of encouragement to LGBT youth. This, along with a breathtaking piece in memory of friends who have passed on from HIV/AIDS, balances out the production with both awareness and support for the entire LGBT community.

"Her care for the LGBT people and our families is obvious in [both] her song choices and her generosity," explains Grant.

As the performance season continues, the GMCW follows up their production of Red & Greene with a fully staged version of the Broadway musical, Rocky Horror Show, in March. The season also features a tribute to boy bands and teen idols in Heart Throbs, and celebrates gay equality for youth and adults with The Kids Are All Right. As always, the GMCW continues to support the community through its three formal outreach programs (Select Vocal Outreach Ensembles, GenOUT Program, and Partner's in Harmony Program) as well as individual involvement through various community volunteer organizations.

 

GAY MEN'S CHORUS OF WASHINTGON: RED & GREENE
Friday, December 16 • 8pm
Saturday, December 17 • 3pm & 8pm
Sunday, December 18 • 3pm (ASL)
$25-50 • Lisner Auditorium
George Washington University • 730 21st St. NW, Washington, DC
202.293.1548 • GMCW.org

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